3 cornerbacks the Jacksonville Jaguars could target in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft
By Beau Adams
1. cornerback the Jacksonville Jaguars can draft in Round 2: Tyrique Stevenson
Keep him close to home
The Jaguars need more playmakers at corner and Miami has one playmaker that could be just right for them. Tyrique Stevenson from Miami Southridge High School would be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. But with the depth at cornerback in 2023, the Jags could keep him in Florida at No. 56.
Stevenson initially committed to Georgia out of high school and played two seasons for the Bulldogs. Only seeing four starts in his two years, he decided to transfer back home to Miami and play for the Hurricanes. Watch this perfectly timed jump pass deflection while he was at Georgia, it saved an easy touchdown for Cincinnati in 2021's Peach Bowl.
His scouting reports say he has explosive athletic traits with a tremendous height-weight-speed ratio. In addition, he has adequate footwork to stay on receivers in route and is a springy leader. They complement his scheme-versatile and ability to keep balance and burst getting out of breaks. He is the kind of athlete we expect from the University of Miami.
His biggest drawback seems to be a theme among defensive backs in the draft. He needs to develop better open-field tackling fundamentals. The scouts say his success in the NFL will depend on how he is used in the team's defensive scheme. One report notes his lack of interceptions at the college level. Nothing comes up that would be a severe detractor for the Jaguars.
Stevenson's draft profile closely aligns with fellow Georgia cornerback and Jaguars' defensive backfield anchor Tyson Campbell. Many mock Drafts have him landing right around the 56th pick, so the Jags should not have to move around to get him. Stevenson will be a spot-on pick with significant upside if the Jaguars pull the trigger.